View Poll Results: Polytheism vs Monotheism?

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    9 15.79%
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    I don't follow any religion yet since it closes my mind quite a lot (I experienced Christianity). I plan to take a trip around the world to learn about Buddhism and Hinduism mainly. I want to study many religions before making a decision and even then I probably won't follow a religion, but multiple religions.
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    I oppose the mentality of "ein reich, ein fuhrer" on all levels, material and spiritual. Pluralism, regionalism, and polytheism make for healthier societies, I believe.

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    Ideally, people should accept religion as a symbolic narrative, as an important part of their culture, as an embodiment their fundamental morality, but not as any part of reality. There would far fewer religious problems if more people were able to take a "facts before feelings" approach to religion. The result would be a neutral, rational, scholarly view of each religion and the ability to judge between their corresponding values fairly.

    The problem with religion isn't really the number of Gods or the nature of those Gods or the origin of those Gods, but the thoughtless emotion ("faith") they conjure up in the majority of people. There isn't any reason to ascribe an actual living presence to deities, they are each representations of a core attribute such as beauty, war, thunder, wisdom, etc. One can praise the essence of beauty without believing a supernatural entity named Freya really exists somewhere.

    As for the Bible, I've never seen any evidence that it was written with the intention of being taken literally. God as depicted in Biblical scripture seems to be symbolic of the tyrannical rulers who dominated society- protective and generous when loved, destructive and cruel when transgressed. I believe Semitic religions were probably designed to be nothing more than political tools. Scripture like the Old Testament and Qur'an can be summarized as very long pamphlets which seek to condition people into accepting their own enslavement by flesh and blood rulers- the trick being to convince people they are serving YHWH or Allah and not the kings of ancient Israel or the Caliphate.

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    I don't think monotheism or monism is incompatible with Germanic paganism. There exists underlying, objective realities or pillars within our indigenous religions, with reflections and psychic/material evolutionary goals. Sort of like how many Hindu are offended by the label 'polytheist', since many perceive one God with many avatars/sons.

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    Not a polytheist myself, but the polytheists amongst you may like this video.

    “Tradition anchors our experience of time in memory and projects it into the future through hope.” – Rein Staal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chlodovech View Post
    Not a polytheist myself, but the polytheists amongst you may like this video.

    If not a polytheist, why advocate for another's polytheistic view? I thought Catholicism was pretty cut and dry when it states that it is the Way, Truth, and Life?

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    I don't advocate this view personally, but I don't disagree with the premise - sure, the internal rationale of polytheism makes sort of sense. In a half assed way that also holds true for marxism. Doesn't mean I have to subscribe to it. It's okay to learn something new. I'm recommending a video to Heathens basically.
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